Cosmetology graduate advises Dominican hair dressers and stylists

Cosmetology graduate Ms Sherma Alfred has outlined the need for hair dressers and stylists to perform a hair analysis before applying treatments, as this is critical in appropriate hair and scalp maintenance.


Alfred who recently graduated from the Michael and Gloria School of Cosmetology in Trinidad and Tobago made this disclosure while addressing a hair and scalp seminar at the Garraway Hotel on July 23rd.

 The objective of the seminar was to educate the public on hair and scalp maintenance, chemical education and product knowledge.


“A hair analysis is a critical aspect of styling. It enables you to get a better understanding of the current condition of the hair. From this analysis you can then determine the hair type; whether it is straight, curly, wavy or excessively curly, which we call black hair. It also determines the texture of the hair; whether it is fine to medium or course and to determine the porosity. Hair porosity refers to the hair’s ability to absorb moisture, which is very important. It tell you what treatment, hair products or styling products to use,” said Alfred.


Ms Alfred also advised hair dressers to exercise caution when selecting types of relaxers for their clients.


According to her many hair dressers continue to focus on the density of the hair rather than its strength.


“Some people would look at a client and see a lot of hair, which is density and would want to use a super relaxer. You have to test the strands – the amount of hair doesn’t determine the strength of the relaxer. On the other hand relaxers should stay 13 minutes for very porous hair, 15 minutes for normal hair and 18 minutes for course hair; and that is the maximum,” said Alfred.

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